The University swimming pool has six lanes and a moveable bulkhead, creating a competition-length main pool, alongside a comfortable teaching pool for lessons. The pool is available to students, staff and the community for lane and casual swimming, or lessons, on a membership or pay-as-you-go basis.
Lane swim and casual swim sessions available 7 days a week
About the pool
The University of Bristol swimming pool is 32 metres long at full length. The pool has a moveable bulkhead which enables us to create two distinct area for activity; a larger area is a 25-metre competition length swimming pool, and a smaller teaching pool for lessons and causal swimming.
During lane swimming sessions, the main pool is split into six lanes. Casual swim sessions will feaure one narrow lane in the main pool, and swimmers in this session will also have access to the smaller teaching pool.
The depth of the pool ranges from 1.2 metres at its most shallow point to 3.8 metres at the deep end.
Swimming lessons and courses
We offer a range of programmes and courses which follow the Swim England Swim Stages, including adult swimming lessons. We also offer various aquatic sport activities for juniors and teens.
Free swimming during pregnancy
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Health and safety information
Health and Safety guidelines
- Please ensure a 1:1 adult-to-child ratio for children under four-years.
- Please ensure a 1:2 adult-to-child ratio for children age 4-8 years.
- Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
- Babies should wear leak-proof water nappies.
- All swimmers should shower before entering the pool.
- We recommend not swimming within 48-hours of having any sickness.
- Please inform lifeguards of any medical conditions before entering the pool.
- Speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns.